Dear Tina,

It's hot as Hades outside and I'm sure companies know that.  You think I can wear sandals to my interview without it being a big deal?

Signed,
"Hot Foot" in Lubbock, TX


Dear Hot Foot

In a word... no.  This is your first face to face impression where you should be presenting your professional self.  Sandals, flip flops, water shoes, sneakers and the like are casual and should be saved for your day off when you can let your little piggies breathe freely.  I'm pretty sure that wearing closed toe, sensible yet fashionable shoes for a few hours won't cause your feet to spontaneously combust. 

And just in case it does remember to stop, drop and roll.


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Dear Tina,

I'm 22 and a recent grad from [name withheld] University.  I have an interview on Friday and I really want to impress them, but I don't want them to see me as just some kid.  I was thinking about wearing some of my dad's cologne so that I'll seem more mature instead of my body sprays.  What do you think?

Signed,
To Brut or Not To Brut in Cleveland



Dear To Brut...

Remember how Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would ask if you could smell what he was cooking?  Well, generally that meant bad news for the smell-er and that concept also applies in the case of interviews.  Less is always more when it comes to the olfactory system.  On your interview you should wear VERY little (a dab) or no cologne/perfume at all.  You never know how sensitive your interviewer may be and you don't want to overpower them with a potentially offensive odor.  Impress them with your skills, experience and attitude. Not with dad's Old Spice.


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